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Women’s roundup: @NovaWLax downs Rutgers; @Arcadia_WLAX wins

Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/14/18
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Villanova’s women’s lacrosse team scored 12 second half goals to defeat Rutgers 18-12 on Tuesday night. Villanova is now 5-2 on the season going into BIG EAST play; Rutgers falls to 4-4. Sophomore attack Liz Trojan led the Wildcats with seven points on five goals and two assists.

Villanova got off to a great start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Kim McDonough (Pennington, N.J.) on a free position shot and a goal from Devin Hassinger (Owen J. Roberts). Rutgers responded with a goal to make it 2-1 before Katie Comerford scored a goal, then assisted Trojan to give Villanova an early 4-1 lead.

The Scarlet Knights had three consecutive scores, tying the game at four with 9:40 left to play in the first half. Comerford then fed Jillian Swikart for her first goal of the game to regain the lead at 5-4. Rutgers converted two free position attempts to take their first lead of the game, 6-5, with 4:44 remaining in the half. With just 21 seconds on the clock, Ashley Lynch found a cutting Jillian Swikart to even the score going into halftime.

From the start of the second half, Villanova came out gunning and never looked back. Five different Wildcats scored six goals in the first 10 minutes of play to take a commanding 12-6 lead. Trojan scored two goals with Swikart, Comerford, Lynch and Maggie Jennings all finding the back of the net during Villanova’s run.

Trojan also had a pair of assists on the run, with Hassinger having the other. Rutgers stopped the bleeding momentarily with a goal, but Villanova continued to dominate when Comerford found Hassinger in front of the net for a goal, followed by Trojan’s fourth goal of the day coming from Lynch’s third assist on the day. The Scarlet Knights did not back down, as Kerri Puckhaber scored three straight goals to bring them within four at 14-10.

The Wildcats regained control of the game when Carlye Maita (Mendham, N.J.) dished an assist to Swikart, followed by Trojan’s fifth score of the game to bring the score to 16-10 with under 10 minutes remaining. Both teams scored twice more in the game, with Villanova’s goals coming on a Maggie Jennings free position shot followed by Ashley Lynch’s fourth assist to Katie Comerford to close out an 18-12 victory for the Wildcats.

Division III

Arcadia 24, Neumann 12

Sophomore Shannon Ryan tied two program records Tuesday afternoon as the Arcadia women’s lacrosse team powered past Neumann, 24-12. Ryan tied her own program mark with 13 points in a game, while also tying Jaclyn Feffer’s record for draw controls with 15.

The Knights advance to 3-2 on the season.
Neumann falls to 2-4 on the year.
Julia Imbert added six goals and two assists for Arcadia.
Kaitlyn Conrad (Penncrest) had six goals and one assist for Neumann.
“It took us a while to get momentum going today,” said Arcadia coach Sam Hosford. “Again, we faced a lot of adversity, but were able to build a momentum and get a big win.”

Haverford 11, Randolph-Macon 5

Haverford posted an 11-5 victory over host Randolph-Macon at Day Field. The Fords got off to a hot start, holding an 8-1 advantage after the first half of play. Molly Lausten had five goals to lead all scorers while Rachel Romens made five saves in goal, picking up her third victory of the season between the pipes. Haverford improves to 4-1 on the season while Randolph-Macon is now 2-3 overall.

Ursinus 13, Coast Guard 7

A huge second-half run, plenty of offense from unexpected sources, and deadly free-position accuracy were the key ingredients to the Ursinus College women’s lacrosse team’s first victory of the season.

Senior Taylor DeBernardi (Springfield-Delco) scored three goals and dished out two assists for the Bears (1-3), who outscored Coast Guard 9-2 after the other Bears took their final lead less than two minutes into the second half. The loss was the first of the season for Coast Guard, which was off to the best start in program history at 4-0.

Junior Emily DiGiorgio (Downingtown West) had four goals – all in the second half – for her fourth consecutive hat trick. Three of her markers came from the circle as Ursinus racked up seven free-position goals on the afternoon, believed to be a school record.

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